Penn State welcomes 2008-2009 Humphrey Fellows

September 12, 2008

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Fourteen professionals from around the world have arrived at Penn State to begin their yearlong participation in the Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program.

The Humphrey Fellowship Program was established in 1978 by President Jimmy Carter to honor the late vice president Hubert H. Humphrey. It is a one-year nondegree program of combined academic and professional development opportunities. The program brings accomplished mid-career professionals from specific countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Caribbean, the Middle East, Europe and Eurasia to selected universities in the United States for public service, advanced study, professional training and work-related experiences.

Penn State has hosted Humphrey fellows since the program started three decades ago; the College of Education is the University’s administrative home of the program. Leila Bradaschia is the program's director.

The Humphrey scholars are making presentations about their countries on most Wednesdays beginning at 6:30 p.m. between Sept. 17 and Nov. 19 in 221 Chambers Building, University Park. The sessions are free to the public. For a schedule of the presentations, call (814) 867-0511.

The 2008–09 Humphrey Fellows are:

-- Faisal Ali Almohawes, Saudi Arabia, head of Computer Technology Department, Hail College of Technology. Program areas and interests: administration, time management, teamwork and strategic planning.

-- Khansaa Diab, Israel, head of practitioner guidance for student teachers, David Yellin College for Education. Program areas and interests: teacher training in the area of minority, at-risk and underachieving youth; programs to assist principals in dealing with diverse school populations; integration of minority populations into the educational system while retaining their identities; how minorities and majority cope with conflicts at personal daily levels as well as national public levels.

-- Natasa Djuricic, Serbia and Montenegro, Civic Education Program coordinator, Civic Initiatives. Program areas and interests: promotion of the civic mission of schools; the relations of education to political and social development; how education issues in education in various countries of the world bring about social change; policy setting and implementation.

-- Mehnaz Jehan, Pakistan, school principal, Agha Khan Higher Secondary School. Program areas and interests: educational administration for the primary and secondary levels; access and equity.

-- Merab Labadze, Georgia, executive director, Deer Leap Foundation in the Ministry of Education. Program areas and interests: information and communication technologies development and education, the provision of electronic services to governmental organizations, current trends and future prospects in the field.

-- Hoa Thi Thanh Le, Vietnam, head of International Studies and lecturer, Hue University. Program areas and interests: credit-based educational system, American studies, interdisciplinary curricula.

-- Ernest Andrew Liyatona, Rwanda, inspector of education (Swahili), Ministry of Education. Program areas and interests: all aspects of planning, policy making and school management.

-- Khanthanouphone Mixaykone, Laos, program director, Room to Read Laos (NGO). Program areas and interests: community-based educational efforts, the role of education in development, literacy programs, community participation and basic education.

-- El Hassen Ould Ahmed, Mauritania, professor of English and African literature, University of Nouakchott. Program areas and interests: curriculum development, distance education/online courses, methods of evaluation, personnel management, teaching of English as a Second Language.

-- Ruxana Parvin, Bangladesh, team leader, computer-aided learning, BRAC Education Program. Program areas and interests: policy making, professional skills development for teachers and administrators, educational technology, student achievement.

-- Valerie Payen Jean-Baptiste, Haiti, principal, Humanitaire Serviabilite Elementary School. Program areas and interests: secondary school administration, workforce education, economic aspects of educational administration.

-- Nang Sam Phoo, Myanmar, technical specialist in education, ICDP/UNDP. Program areas and interests: adult and community education and development, nonprofit social development organizations, alternative educational systems.

-- Tsolmon Renchin, Mongolia, director of Remote Sensing Laboratory, National University of Mongolia. Program areas and interests: human-induced mining-level land degradation, natural resource management, environmental economics, environmental systems quality analysis, remote sensing techniques, GIS applications.

-- Fatma Mohammed Wasel, Yemen, Educational Secretariat director, Energy Commission. Program areas and interests: public education and safety programs, education programs involving radiation, especially with the medical uses of radiation.

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